Waar de helft van de wereldbevolking leeft…

Overbevolkt is een relatief gegeven, lijkt het wel als je deze kaart bekijkt, alhoewel dit niet klopt. De bewoonbare ruimte is vaak nu ingenomen.

Vond deze kaart via I f*cking love Science die schreef:

There are currently 7.3 billion humans bumbling around and living their lives on Earth. That’s a crazy amount of people considering the world population was just half this 50 years ago.

But perhaps even more interestingly, the map below shows how half of all of these people live in a tiny portion, the yellow cells, which represent just 1 percent of the total land.

The map was created by data-fiend Max Galka from Metrocosm. Using NASA’s gridded population data, the projection transcends the geo-political borders conventionally used to measure population sizes. Instead, it’s comprised of 28 million cells, each of which measures approximately 5 by 5 kilometers (3 by 3 miles). Each yellow cell contains over 8,000 people, while the black cells have populations less than 8,000. However, it is worth noting that this data is from 2000, when the Earth’s population was just over 6 billion, as this was the latest data available for this level of resolution.

The sparsely populated blackness dominates the maps, leaving just blots of populations in cities and larger pockets in India, Bangladesh, the coast of China and Indonesia.

As Galka points out, the yellow portion in the United States coincidentally also shows where half of Americans live.

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